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Sectors: Co-op & Development, Culture - Media, Education - Training, Industry, Innovation, Local development, New technologies, Research, SME Policy, Town planning, Youth

Beneficiaries: Administrations States, Corporations, Local and Regional authorities, Non-profit organisations, Research centres, SMEs, Universities

Regions: European Union

Category: Call for Proposals


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WE Funding – STARTS – Enhance…
Funds for: Enhance the collaboration between art and technology for local development purposes
Main beneficiaries: Local authorities, profit-making entities

Responsible: European Commission


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Funds for: Enhance the collaboration between art and technology for local development purposes
Main beneficiaries: Local authorities, profit-making entities

Priorities and funded actions:

* Networking and Policy framing: delivering of a clear policy framework for action aiming to support links of art and technology that could positively impact urban and regional development;
* Seed activities: seed-funding novel ideas for art-technology collaborations

* Regarding networking and policy framing:
– Create an open network of pertinent players in regions and cities interested in art and technology collaboration for local development;
– Stimulate creation of urban STARTS centres or reuse of existing centres as STARTS centres and ensure their funding;
– Work on a European (policy) perspective of how to solicit and fund local activities that put forward digital technologies and art collaboration to stimulate social cohesion and local business development by building on local cultural assets
* Regarding seed activities:
– Organise co-funded seed activities that show the appeal of art-technology collaboration (including e.g. STARTS academies, STARTS events, STARTS residencies, and STARTS exhibitions in the participating cities);
– Solicit further activities in the participating cities that bring together artists, business and technology to work on local development projects

Among financed actions
* Regarding networking and policy framing:
– Networking events of stakeholders in cities/regions already at the forefront of this movement and those starting activities in this area;
– Possible mentor activities (e.g. teaming up with investors, discussing possible support with local foundations, training in EC structural funding activities). Applicants should propose a list of activities that could credibly foster emergence and support of art-technology collaboration on a local level
* Regarding seed activities:
– Have technology and the arts team up to make the digital more accessible to citizens in particular the young generation (digital skills and critical thinking). ‘STARTS academies’ that unite engineers and artists in teaching digital skills to citizens or motivate and enable them to appropriate digital technologies (e.g. use of data by and for citizens);
– Exhibitions and installations that showcase innovation rooted in art-technology collaboration: e.g. artistic explorations of digital technology in context of urban development (for example data science and art jointly make data – like e.g. mobility data – useful in context of urban development);
– Support exploitation of results from art –technology collaboration by e.g. local business and allow inclusion of artist in local development projects where art and technology team up to enhance the social fabric;
– Support collaboration of artists with local businesses and with industry, e.g. by sponsoring residencies of artists in businesses/technology institutions or of engineers in artist ateliers

Additional information
* This call for proposals is an open call for proposals

* Initial duration of the action: between 12 and 15 months

* Eligibility
– Be a legal person;
– Be a public or a private organisation;
– Be a public or private non-profit organisation (private or public), a public authority (national, regional, local), a university, an education institution, a research center, a profit-making entity;
– A consortium composed of at least 3 different legal entities and involving at least 3 different regions and/or cities with existing activities in ths fields of art and technology must be established